What is clipsrv.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the clipsrv.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Clipsrv.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with clipsrv
Clipsrv.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Windows NT DDE Server or Windows Clipbook DDE Server belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: The original clipsrv.exe is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. Clipsrv.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 33,280 bytes (46% of all occurrences), 47,616 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 30% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could completely remove Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as clipsrv.exe, for example Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Agent.broi or Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Calac.dst (detected by Kaspersky), and Trojan:Win32/Malat or TrojanDownloader:Win32/Horst.Q (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the clipsrv.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

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  r3l!c   (further information)
clipsrv.exe is part of Windows, supports Windows XP ClipBook Viewer, which allows pages to be seen by remote ClipBooks.

Summary: Average user rating of clipsrv.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think clipsrv.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving clipsrv issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with clipsrv. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the clipsrv.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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